Queen Books


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This page includes details of all books which have been published about Queen, and related subjects, excluding sheet music, lyric books, tour programmes and books which concentrate on individual band members. The majority of the books here were published in the UK, but it includes some overseas releases aswell. Alex Smirnoff's Bibliography also features a more comprehensive list, which includes worldwide releases, ISBN numbers and reviews.

The majority of the books listed below are unofficial, and most depend heavily on the official book 'As It Began'. As far as I know, the only other official books are 'Greatest Pix', 'Greatest Pix II', the various concert guides, 'The Eye' tie-ins, 'Absolute Greatest', '40 Years Of Queen', and 'The Complete Illustrated Lyrics'.

Front and back sleeves can be found together in the gallery.


   
Queen 'An Official Biography'

An Official Biography plus Their Recent U.S Royal Tour


Larry Pryce, 1976.
 

Queen


George Tremlett, 1976.
 

An Illustrated Biography


Judith Davis, 1981.
Queen 'Greatest Pix'

Greatest Pix


Jacques Lowe, 1981. Photo collection
 

Gluttons for Punishment - The South America Tours 1981


Peter Lubin, 1982. 1981 Concert guide
Queen 'The First 12 Years'

The First Ten Years


Mike West, 1982.
Revised and republished as 'The First Twelve Years' in 1984.

Queen 'The New Visual Documentary'

A Visual Documentary


Ken Dean, 1986.
Revised and republished as 'The New Visual Documentary' in both 1991 and 1992.
Queen 'The Magic Tour'

A Magic Tour


1987. Concert guide
Queen 'Greatest Pix II'

Greatest Pix II


Richard Gray, 1991. Photo collection
Queen 'As It Began'

Queen - As It Began


Jacky Gunn & Jim Jenkins, 1992. The official biography, written in full co-operation with Queen, featuring interviews with the band, family and friends.
Queen 'In Their Own Words'

Queen - In Their Own Words


Mick St. Michael, 1992. Queen quotations
 

Queen Unseen


Peter K Hogan, 1992.
Queen 'These Are The Days Of Our Lives'

These Are The Days Of Our Lives


Stephen Ryder, 1992.
Queen 'Tear Out Photo Book'

Tear Out Photo Book


1993. Photo collection
Queen 'The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert'

The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert For AIDS Awareness


1993. Concert guide
Queen 'Interview Disc & Book'

Queen


Mick St. Michael, 1994. CD sized book. (Some issues come with an interview CD and slipcase)
Queen 'The Complete Guide To The Music Of Queen'

The Complete Guide To The Music Of Queen


Peter K Hogan, 1994. Album guide
Queen CD Book

Queen


Mick St. Michael, 1995. A4 size (not same as above)
Queen 'Queen Live'Queen 'Queen Live'

Queen Live - A Concert Documentary

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Greg Brooks, 1995. Queen Concertography.
Updated and reprinted in 2005 with a different cover.
Queen 'The Early Years'

Queen - The Early Years


Mark Hodkinson, 1995.
'Freddie Mercury And Queen Rock Lives'

Rock Lives - The Ultimate Story: Freddie Mercury & Queen


Neville Marten & Jeffrey Hudson, 1995.
Queen 'The Full Picture'

The Full Picture


Denis O'Reagan, 1995. Photo collection
 

The Secret Revealed


Melina Richmond, 1997.
 

Secrets Of Queen The Eye


1997. Game tie-in, with tips and walkthroughs on the game.
Queen 'The Art Of Queen The Eye'

The Art Of Queen The Eye


1997. Game tie-in. Includes a CD-Rom featuring footage and music from the game.
 

The Novel Of Queen The Eye


Paul Darrow, 1997. Game tie-in
Queen 'The Ultimate Queen'

The Ultimate Queen


Peter Lewry & Nigel Goodall, 1998. Discography, concertography, various lists etc
 

Queen - The Definitive Biography


Laura Jackson, 1999.
Queen 'Killer Queen'

Killer Queen


Mick Rock, Brian May and Mary Austin, 2003.
A collection of photographs of Queen from the early 1970's. Featuring new text as well as quotes from the era from Queen.
Limited to 2,500 copies. All copies come in a slipcase, whilst the first 350 copies are Deluxe editions, containing an exclusive signed print.
 

Queen I


Japan only, 2003.
Queen 'Classic Queen'Queen 'Classic Queen'

Classic Queen

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Mick Rock, 2004.
Featuring numerous photographs from Mick Rock's collection, his recollections of his time with the band, and quotes from the era from Queen. I'm not sure of the resemblances and differences between this book and 'Killer Queen', above. The second scan here appears on Amazon but I'm not sure if it's a genuine sleeve.
Queen 'Queen II'

Queen II


Japan only, 2004.
Queen 'The Show Must Go On'

The Show Must Go On


Japan only, 2004.
'We Will Rock You'

We Will Rock You

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The Official Book Of The Musical by Queen and Ben Elton, 2004.
Contains the entire script to the musical, song lyrics, exclusive photographs, behind the scenes photographs, production credits, and forewords by Brian May and Roger Taylor
'The Ultimate History Of The Crown Kings Of Rock'

The Ultimate History Of The Crown Kings Of Rock


Phil Sutcliffe, 2009.
Queen 'Absolute Greatest'

Absolute Greatest


UK, 16 November 2009. This is a book release of the 'Absolute Greatest' album, houses two CD's, and features lyrics, photographs and hand written lyrics.
Queen '40 Years Of Queen'Queen '40 Years Of Queen'Queen 'The Treasures Of Queen'

40 Years Of Queen

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UK, 24 September 2011. Harry Doherty, with forewords by Brian May & Roger Taylor.
Later reissued in a purple box in 2012 (exclusive to 'The Works' bookshops) and in a grey box in 2014, retitled as 'The Treasures Of Queen'. It was also released as an e-book in December 2012, through iBookstore, with additional interactive functionality.

This is a stunning book which chronicles the history of the band, housed in an outer box. It contains many rare photographs, replicas of concert posters, tickets, handwritten lyrics and other rare memorabilia. The original 2011 release included a CD containing the first half of a rare 1977 radio interview, while subsequent releases included the full interview. Full scans of the book and all extras can be found in the gallery.
Queen 'Queen In Cornwall'

Queen In Cornwall

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Rupert White, 2011.
This book covers Roger and Queen's early life in and around Cornwall, upto 'Bohemian Rhapsody' in 1975.
'Queen Unseen'

Queen Unseen


Peter Hince, 2011.
This book features anecdotes and memories from Peter Hince's time as Queen's roadie. A German language version was released in 2015.
Queen 'The Complete Illustrated Lyrics'

The Complete Illustrated Lyrics

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UK, 20 June 2012. Forewords by Brian May & Roger Taylor.
This book features lyrics to every released Queen song, alongside handwritten and typed lyrics, photographs, albums and singles sleeves. Full scans of the book and sample pages can be found in the gallery.
Queen 'The Queen Chronology'

The Queen Chronology


Patrick Lemieux and Adam Unger, 2013.
This is a chronological recording and release history of the band, featuring full details of all album releases and song versions.
Queen 'Visions Of Queen'

Visions Of Queen


Steve Emberton and Alan Perry, 2014. Foreword by Bruce Murray.
This book features over 160 rare photographs of the band from 1975 to 1979, many previously unseen. It is housed in an outer slipcase, and initial copies came with five A5 photo prints. The foreword is by Bruce Murray, a bandmate of Freddie's during his time in The Hectics.